also known as Tisane
What is Herbal Tisane?
Herbal tea is the warm infusion made from brewing herbs, spices, or other plant materials together with water.
- This type of tea is naturally caffeine-free, although some varieties may have caffeine added to them.
- Unlike herbal tea, true teas are made using the cured leaves of the tea plant.
Due to wellness concerns, this tea has become more popular in recent years with its market increasing exponentially in the US, Canada, the UK, German, Italy, and Brazil. In fact, about half of all Americans consume tea once a day.
The top 10 most popular herbal tea brands are:
- Traditional Medicinals
- Dandy Blend
- Celestial Seasonings
- Kiss Me Organics
- Yogi Tea
- Harney & Sons
- Organic India
- Moringa Source
- Teeccino Roasted
- Jason Winters Tea
Tea originated in China around 3,000 BC, when it was accidentally discovered by the Chinese emperor Shen Nong. Legend has it that a tea leaf fell into his pot of hot water and when the emperor drank the brew he was pleasantly surprised by its flavor. This led to the study of tea and the popularity of the drink in many Asian countries. Ancient Egyptians are also believed to have enjoyed this drink, as dried peppermint leaves were found in a tomb dating back to 1,000 BC.
In Europe, the first written record of herbal teas was in 100 AD. This beverage appeared in a Greek pharmacologist named Dioscorides’s book, “De materia medica”, in which he details 600 herbs which can be used to make infusions. The word used to describe these brews was “ptisane”, which is where the modern word tisane originates from. Today, herbal teas from Ayuveda have become increasingly popular as people have become more health-conscious.
One cup (237g) of herbal tea contains:
All herbal teas are free of sugar and calories, although the nutritional value of the tea depends on the herbs, spices, and plants used. Many of the ingredients used in these teas are renowned for their medicinal properties, especially their anti-inflammatory properties. Some teas with notable benefits include:
- Chamomile, which studies indicate functions as a natural sleep aid.
- Peppermint, which is known for helping with digestive troubles.
- Ginger tea, which has been shown to provide nausea relief.
- Hibiscus, which is believed to help lower blood pressure.
- Echinacea, which may aid the body’s ability to combat viruses and infections.
- Rooibos (or red tea), which has long been used to boost the immune system.
- Sage, which clinical studies show may be able to naturally improve mood.
However, there are some concerns surrounding the bioactive properties of herbal teas.
The commercial production of herbal tea first begins with collecting the herbs, which can range from peppermint to lavender or any other plants. Then, the plant material is transported to a factory for sorting, washing, and disinfecting. Next, the herbs are dried and mixed to create special blends before they are packaged. If the tea is distributed in tea bags, there is an additional step of grinding which happens before packaging. Finally, the tea is shipping off for distribution.
Brewing a warm cup of herbal tea can be very comforting, especially on colder days. However, to enjoy this tea to the maximum, you should take care to store it properly. While dried tea has a long shelf life, it should always be stored in a dry, dark space away from heat. If the tea comes prepackaged, keep it in its original container or packaging. Loose tea should be kept in a ceramic airtight container or tin and while you can also use a glass jar, ensure that the tea is stored away from light.
Herbal tea recipes
This aromatic drink can be combined with herbs, fruits, and other ingredients to make an array of beverages. Here are some popular recipes:
The Food & Drug Administration regulates the polymers most commonly used in tea bags or infusers. However, the other aspects of herbal tea production such as importation and packaging are strictly regulated by the USDA. Furthermore, the USDA regulates instant tea mixes, which include decaffeinated, black, or green teas.
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